- At least 72% of the population is vaccinated in Greece.
- Face mask and COVID-19 certificates are no longer required in outdoor spaces.
Greece is reportedly planning to lift COVID-19 pandemic curbs such as wearing masks indoors and presenting certificates throughout the summer tourism period. However, authorities will consider reinstating the restrictions back in September.
For those unaware, Greece recently observed a sharp decline in cases with 15,000 infections and 64 deaths. Besides, at least 72% of the 11 million population is vaccinated, making it safe to claim that Coronavirus infection rates have reduced in the country.
It is worth noting that Orthodox Easter marks the beginning of Greece’s summer tourism season with officials expecting high numbers of visitors in 2022 and predicting revenues to cover at least 80% of 2019 levels, right before the virus outbreak brought the entire travel sector to a halt.
Thanos Plevris, Greece Health Minister, stated that the decision to ease the restrictions was based on experts’ suggestions and epidemiological data.
From the beginning of May to August end, the public will no longer need to present Coronavirus vaccination certificates to enter open spaces such as restaurants. The Greece administration is also considering lifting the obligation of relaxing COVID-19 vaccine certificates to enter the country for both, citizens, and non-EU nationals.
Moreover, from June 1st this year, wearing face masks indoors will no longer be compulsory. Even students can return to their classes after the Easter break without any imperative to present regular negative self- tests. Nonetheless, all measures will be reassessed in September, Plevris added.
Interestingly, Greece is the most cherished summer tourism destination in southern Europe which attracted over 33 million visitors in 2019, mostly from Germany and Britain. It is worth noting that the Greece tourism industry recruits one in five people in the country and is responsible for about a fifth of the economy.